MLK Celebration Calendar of Events | Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Kent State University

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 21
8:30AM – 1:30PM
Multiple Locations

Serve your local community on this National Day of Service. Turn a “day off” into a “day on.” Students, faculty, staff and their families will serve a variety of organizations making a difference in our community. We will celebrate and reflect on our service over lunch workshops. Hosted by Community Engaged Learning and Hillel at Kent State.

Register for Day of Service 


Mobility, Migration, and Movement: Contemporary Diasporas

Monday, January 21
1-3PM
Center for Visual Arts Atrium

Related to the exhibition The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal (running 1/17-2/22 in the CVA), this panel revolves around notions of displacement, globalization, and diaspora as they shape notions of 21st century identity, and how these may be reflected in the arts and other cultural expressions. The panel features Talise A. Campbell (Djapo Cultural Arts Institute), Sylvie Coulibaly (Kenyon College), Kantara Souffrant (Oberlin College), and Joseph Underwood (Kent State University). Discussion and Q&A moderated by Abby Hermosilla (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Hosted by School of Art Galleries.


The American X Factor:  A Look at Race during the 90's

Tuesday, January 22
6:00PM
Studio A, Twin Towers
This event will be an audience discussion based off of the popular 1998 crime movie, American History X. Historical facts will be shared along with scenes from the movie in order to facilitate dialogue about racial issues during the 1990's. Hosted by Residence Services


MLK Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 23
3:30PM
Ballroom, Kent Student Center
Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, will join the university in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 


This is My Story: A New Look at Everyday Experiences 

Friday, January 25
12-1:30PM
Leadership Center, 220 Kent Student Center

Join our Employee Resource Groups for this interactive event. Members of Spectrum (LGBTQ+), Latino Networking Caucus (LNC), Pan African Faculty and Staff Association (PAFSA), Women of Color Collective (WOCC), and Kent Young Professionals (KYP) will share stories from diverse perspectives and encourage people to think differently about everyday experiences. There will be fun activities and great discussion. Employee Resource Groups serve faculty and staff at Kent State University and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion among employees. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend this event. Hosted by the Kent State Employee Resource Groups.


Discrimination Station

Wednesday, January 30
7-9PM
Ballroom Balcony, Kent Student Center 

Discrimination Station is an engaging educational experiencing that allows for attendees to learn more about the experiences of people with marginalized identities as well as learn ways to support and affirm people's identities. By role playing these scripted scenarios, our volunteers are able to demonstrate and feel what people might feel when in these situations. We cover different incidents of bias and discrimination including but not limited to: racism, sexism and homophobia. Hosted by the Student Multicultural Center.


KENTtalks - the #MeToo Movement

Wednesday, January 30
6PM
Leadership Center, 220 Kent Student Center

The #MeToo Movement initiated a vital national conversation about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Some believe the movement is a catalyst for accountability and change in workplace culture. Others believe these accusations have gone too far. Where do you stand? 
KENTtalks is a program hosted by the Center for Student Involvement to provide a safe place for discussions and transformational experiences for our student body. KENTtalks is a series designed to promote university-wide education through civil discourse. Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement.


UNITE: Game Night

Thursday, January 31
4-6PM
Ballroom Balcony, Kent Student Center 

Join the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a night of fun, food, connection and unity! Play board games, Switch, and inflatable twister to build community, fellowship and explore identity with the Women’s Center, Student Multicultural Center (SMC), Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS), and LGBTQ Student Center. Hosted by LGBTQ Student Center, SRVSS Center, Student Multicultural Center, and Women's Center.